Korthauer strided the 5-kilometer classic course in 14 minutes, 58.3 seconds to finish as the top college racer. The sophomore from Bonndorf, Germany, was 34 seconds behind race winner Kate Whitcomb of team FSX in the interval start race.
Other top CCSA finishes included Kelly Ahern of NMU (11th), Elizabeth Quinley from MTU (12th), Julia Coulter of Alaska (14th), Paula Daabach of Alaska (15th) and Anna Bergland from NMU (16th).
Among those not racing this weekend are NMU Olympians Lindsey Weier and Lindsay Williams, who have instead traveled to Italy for the upcoming
Under-23 World Cross Country Ski Championships
Teppan, a classic specialist, was also surprised. “We are really good friends,” Teppan said. “We were both happy for each other.” The duo finished just 2.4 seconds behind race runnerup Zachary Violett of FSX. Korthauer may have taken second but for a stumble 300 meters from the finish that he estimated cost him four seconds.
Olympian Lars Flora of the Subaru Factory Team handily claimed the men’s race in 24:37. Other top 25 results from CCSA men included Phil Violett of NMU (16th), Jesse Lang of Michigan Tech (18th), Bill Bowler of NMU (19th), Martin Banerud from NMU (20th), Henri Soom of Alaska (21st), Aaron Ditty from MTU
(23rd) and NMU’s Justin Singleton (25th). A total of 140 men and 89 women finished the race.
Temperatures for the beginning of the men’s race were around a chilly zero degrees but warmed into the high-teens for the women’s event. Stable snow and consistent temperatures allowed for a simple day of waxing, said Jerome.
Complete results from the Mount Itasca races, as well as a results breakdown of CCSA-only skiers, can be found at www.ccsaski.com.
The CCSA consists of three schools from Michigan, two from Wisconsin, six from Minnesota and one from Alaska.